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National Railway Museum






South of England Group
Vice Presidents: Sir William McAlpine Bt, FRSE, FCIT, FRSA; Richard Hardy




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23 August 2012




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Rocket Diagrams






One of the most popular displays on our stand is a working "OO" gauge model of the Rocket locomotive in both it's original and rebuilt form. There is also a static model depicting the current remains as on show at the Science Museum, South Kensington. All the models were built using the Dapol kit, which is normally in stock on our stand. The operating models use a magnet-drive rather than a normal electric motor, causing a great deal of confusion to visitors.

To accompany the display, we provide children with a free information sheet, which is very popular especially in helping with school homework! A copy can be downloaded in pdf format from the box on the right.


A copy of the handout which includes a diagram of the original Rocket and short description of its history can be obtained by printing the PDF files here. There are two versions, a version for younger children which is suitable for colouring: 

Colour Rocket

and one for older children with a more detailed diagram and extended history:

Rocket Technical








Rocket Model